Burgess offers House version of Increasing Access to Care Act

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on June 8 introduced the U.S. House version of the Increasing Access to Care Act, H.R. 6050, which would offer people around the country more options of cheaper-priced health insurance to consider.

“With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, Americans have been severely limited – if not functionally uninsured – by sky-high premiums and inaccessible health care rates,” said Rep. Burgess, a licensed medical doctor. “This bill will give American families more options and the freedom to choose health insurance that makes the most sense for them.”

H.R. 6050 is a companion bill to the same-named U.S. Senate bill, S. 1976, introduced on Oct. 17, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). The bipartisan S. 1976 includes original cosponsors U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Thomas Carper (D-DE).

“I appreciate Senator Scott’s partnership in this work to restore affordable health care choices and liberty to the American people,” Rep. Burgess said.

If enacted, the proposal would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow all individuals purchasing health insurance on the individual marketplace the option to purchase a lower premium copper plan, according to the draft text of the bill in the congressional record. The amendments would apply to plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2019.

“Our goal should be to help our families gain greater access to affordable and flexible healthcare plans that meet their individual needs,” said Sen. Scott, noting that the Increasing Access to Care Act will “ensure folks are able to choose plans that help them get the coverage they need and prevent them from falling into medical bankruptcy when emergencies happen.”

Sen. Scott added that he was pleased “to see Dr. Burgess has taken on this effort in the House” and said lawmakers “look forward to continuing to advocate for this change.”

S. 1976 has been under consideration by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee while H.R. 6050 has been referred to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.